Town set for driverless victory parade

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (centre) will not be part of the celebrations
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (centre) will not be part of the celebrations

An open-topped bus of Mercedes staff will make its way through Brackley tomorrow to celebrate their dominant Formula One season – but the stars of the show will be absent.

The bus will be filled with workers from the Brackley-based team who masterminded a clean-sweep of constructors’ and drivers’ titles this season.

The Mercdes AMG Petronas team celebrate Lewis Hamilton's victory NNL-141124-093259002

The Mercdes AMG Petronas team celebrate Lewis Hamilton's victory NNL-141124-093259002

It will enter High Street from the Buckingham Road end when it begins its journey at 11.30am.

But due to ‘extremely busy schedules’, world champion Lewis Hamilton and runner-up Nico Rosberg will not be attending the celebration.

However, the championship winning W05 race car will be on display in front of the town hall and there will be an interview with the team’s technical chief Paddy Lowe.

An invitation-only reception then follows in the Town Hall with presentations to the team.

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg leads Brackley team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix NNL-141011-141752002

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg leads Brackley team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix NNL-141011-141752002

South Northants Council leader Mary Clarke said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to congratulate the Mercedes team on their excellent achievement and look forward to sharing the occasion with local Brackley residents.

“We are extremely proud to have such a successful company in South Northants and we will continue to work hard to ensure that local businesses have the best economic conditions in which to succeed, whilst ensuring that the district remains one of the best places to work and live in the UK.”

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership has worked with Mercedes and the council to organise the event.

The partnership’s chairman, John Markham, said: “I would like to add my congratulations to Mercedes who, as a consequence of this latest achievement, will enhance Northamptonshire’s already enviable reputation as the centre of the UK’s HPT industry.

“This should inspire our young people about the exciting careers that are available in engineering and high performance technologies.”

The High Street will be closed from 8am and the event is due to finish at 1pm.